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Berkeley City College (BCC) is part of a group called Peralta Colleges and is located in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1978 and formerly known as Vista Community College, the school serves approximately 5,000 students. It is known for its outstanding programs in American Sign Language, computer information systems, business, biotechnology, and liberal arts and social sciences.

Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, BCC offers associate degree programs, and certificate programs in a variety of fields including arts and cultural studies, biotechnology, American Sign Language, business, women’s studies, travel and tourism, global studies, liberal arts, computer information systems, and social services. Students have the option of enrolling in programs designed for transfer to four-year institutions, occupational training classes, or programs in which associate degrees are earned for immediate entry into the workforce.

In addition, the school offers distance learning in two formats: online, or hybrid. Online courses are strictly conducted online with no on-campus involvement. Hybrid courses combine both on-campus lectures and Internet coursework. Online education is ideal for students looking for a flexible learning environment, who are self-motivated, and self-disciplined. There is also a concurrent enrollment program for area high school students interested in getting a jump start on higher education.

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Admissions are non-competitive, open to all students interested in furthering their education, who have graduated with a diploma from a secondary school or equivalent. Prospective students can apply to the college by telephone, online, or in person.

Students interested in applying should:

  • Fill out and submit an online admissions application
  • Schedule to take a placement test
  • Attend orientation
  • Meet with a counselor or advisor

For additional information, contact the Admissions Office.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office offers options for qualifying students including federal and state grants, work study programs, scholarships, and loans. All students are required to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial assistance. For more information and to download forms for applying, go to the school website. In addition, financial aid workshops are available throughout the school year.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2444th for the average student loan amount.
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Berkeley City College is one of four colleges within the Peralta College group. The other institutions include Merritt College, Laney College, and College of Alameda. BCC is a commuter campus which serves about 5,000 students including high school graduates, working adults, and high school students.

Its urban setting provides many opportunities for students to be involved in campus life. There are 20 student clubs and organizations, a student government, leadership programs, a student ambassador program, as well as a bookstore, library, counseling services, and a career center. Students can also enjoy cultural events and entertainment from the surrounding area. Students are always welcome to attend events at any of the affiliated colleges within the Peralta College group, such as intercollegiate sports at Merritt College.

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Ranks 259th in California and 2702nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 122 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 19 0.02
Robbery 340 0.30
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 976 0.86
Larceny 3,460 3.04
Vehicle theft 628 0.55

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Berkeley, CA 94704
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population21,203 (21,084 urban / 119 rural)
Households8,428 (1.99 people per house)
Median Household Income$19,750
Families1,487 (2.62 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District613

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4200th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,104 $1,104 $6,216
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $40 $40 $40
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $259
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $2,854 $2,854 $7,966
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,433 $18,433 $23,545
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,273 $7,273 $12,385

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,046 $1,144 $1,046 $1,144 $5,150 $5,704
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,665
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,160(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,302 $4,419
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,302 $4,419

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1125th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $72,992 ($70,416 male / $79,341 female)
Number of FT Faculty 56 (31 male / 25 female)
Number of PT Faculty 215
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,289,717

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